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Judge Accused Of Misconduct Asks To Remain On Bench

Last updated on Thursday, September 12, 2013

(INDIANAPOLIS) - A Marion County Superior Court judge accused of delaying inmates’ release from jail has asked to remain on the bench until the case against her is decided.

In a filing with the Indiana Supreme Court, Judge Kimberly Brown admitted to issues involving her staff and her oversight of the court but said she shouldn't be suspended because of steps taken to mitigate the problems.

A petition to suspend Brown filed last month alleged that she created a hostile work environment and failed to properly train staff and her court, resulting in delays of up to 22 days in the release of inmates.

Brown said her staff was not adequately trained to work on a computer system and said she has held meetings and hired new staff members to address that issue.

Brown was also accused of continuing bench trials for extended periods if she did not believe they could be completed by 4 p.m.

She said she now has a plan to ensure the appropriate people are in court for specified trial dates.

Brown also said she is holding staff meetings to address concerns from those who work with her.

The Supreme Court will decide the extent of discipline Brown will face.

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